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Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 second after trailing for most of the race to win his seventh gold of the games. Seven of Phelps' eight gold medals were...
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Michael Phelps is a world-champion swimmer who holds the record for most gold medals won in a single Olympic games. Phelps broke swimmer Mark Spitz's 36-year-old record during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by winning eight golds, besting Spitz by one medal.

Phelps had two very close calls on his way to history. In the 400-meter freestyle relay, Phelps' teammate Jason Lezak came from behind in the anchor leg to catch France's Alain Bernard and win by eight-hundredths of a second. In the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps outtouched Serbia's Milorad Cavic by 0.01 second after trailing for most of the race to win his seventh gold of the games. Seven of Phelps' eight gold medals were won with world-record times.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps won six golds and two bronze medals. Between Athens and Beijing, Phelps lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., and trained with Club Wolverine and his long-time swimming coach Bob Bowman, who served as the University of Michigan men's swimming coach.

Phelps made his Olympics debut at the 2000 summer games in Sydney. He was just 15 at the time.

Phelps lives in Baltimore and trains at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in Mount Washington, which he co-owns with Bowman as part of Aquatic Ventures LLC.

Phelps was raised in Rodgers Forge, near Baltimore, and is a graduate of Towson High School.
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    Maryland vs. Texas in sports and beyond
    They say everything's bigger in Texas. But is it better? Texas Gov. Rick Perry seems to think so, as he tours Maryland today, looking to attract business to his state. Plus, the Houston Texans come to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to face the Ravens....
  • Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing

    Notebook: Cornell releases report on men's lacrosse hazing
    Cornell University released its report Sunday on incidents that led to the suspension of the men's lacrosse team from fall events. The report reveals what it calls a "presence of a culture within this group of treating new members as less than equals."...
  • What's new in Great Britain in 2013

    Great Britain will likely be taking a deep breath (and perhaps a sigh of relief) this year as it recovers from a busy summer, when it hosted both the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Despite the flurry of investment that swept Britain in...
  • Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China

    Under Armour opens retail store, promotional venue in China
    Under Armour, in a race to expand its brand globally, opened its first-ever Under Armour Experience, a blend of retail store and promotional venue, in Shanghai, China. Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker, hosted...
  • Is Michael Phelps getting restless?

    Is Michael Phelps getting restless?
    Michael Phelps generated some buzz at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona this week when he was non-committal to the latest media inquiries about his future. Since he wouldn’t specifically rule out one more attempt to add to his medal...
  • The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10

    The Sun Remembers: Aug. 4-10
    Aug. 9, 2003: Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club becomes the first male swimmer to capture five individual titles at the U.S. Nationals — and he does it in College Park. Phelps breaks the record of four held by Mark Spitz, Johnny...
  • Missy Franklin wins record sixth gold at swimming world championships

    Missy Franklin wins record sixth gold at swimming world championships
    Missy Franklin became the most decorated swimmer in world championships history with six gold medals when the U.S. won the women's 400-meter medley relay Sunday in Barcelona, Spain. The 18-year-old from Centennial, Colo., eclipsed the mark of five set...
  • Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?

    Could Michael Phelps become the next Brett Favre?
    In discussing his potential return to competitive swimming, Michael Phelps told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to be likened to another athlete famous for his unretirements. "Just don't compare me to Brett Favre," he said. Chris Chase,...
  • Go Away With ... Nathan Adrian

    Go Away With ... Nathan Adrian
    Olympian Nathan Adrian will be cheering on Team USA when the athletes compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "I've got a bit of a risk aversion to doing fun winter sports when I'm training for swim competitions," says the 25-year-old, who...
  • Sunday night Phelps 'special' shows NBC squeezing Olympics for every dollar

    Sunday night Phelps 'special' shows NBC squeezing Olympics for every dollar
    Does it feel as if NBC and its affiliates are getting a little greedy with its London coverage? As one who has defended the network's right to try and make as much money as it can off the games in hopes of offsetting the $1.18 billion it paid for rights,...
  • NBC Olympics director Bucky Gunts talks Phelps, Gabby and tape delay

    NBC Olympics director Bucky Gunts talks Phelps, Gabby and tape delay
    No one plays a larger hands-on role than Bucky Gunts in shaping what tens of millions of Americans are seeing each night of the London Summer Olympics. As head of production and director of the opening ceremonies and the nightly prime-time show for NBC,...